Ottawa Rookies 6 Chicago Rookies 5

The second game of the rookie camp is in the books and the Ottawa Senators prevailed over Chicago 6-5.  The game was a bit faster than the first, but was just as sloppy.  As expected, Matej Machovsky started for Ottawa, facing Chicago’s Johan Mattson.  Unfortunately, the broadcast on Rogers suffered the same difficulties in identifying players.

The Ottawa scratches: Josh Godfrey (healthy), Darren Kramer (healthy), and Wacey Hamilton (presumably healthy)
The Chicago scratches: unfortunately I missed them

Ottawa Forward Lines (unchanged beyond the scratches)
Puempel-Da Costa-Stone

Defence Combinations (these remained very consistent)

First Period
1. Ottawa, Andre Petersson (Mika Zibanejad)
2. Chicago, Peter Leblanc (unassisted)
3. Ottawa, Corey Cowick (unassisted) (sh)
4. Chicago, Brandon Saad (Phillip Danault) (pp)
5. Chicago, Brandon Saad (unassisted)
Shots: Ottawa 12, Chicago 17
Ottawa Penalties: Borowiecki with a hook
Second Period
6. Ottawa. Stephane Da Costa (Mark Stone)
An assist should have gone to Mark Borowiecki
7. Ottawa, Stephane Da Costa (David Rundblad, Shane Prince) (pp)
8. Ottawa, Stephane Da Costa (Andre Petersson, Mika Zibanejad) (pp)
The second assist should have gone to Shane Prince
9. Chicago, Jimmy Hayes (Brandon Saad, Simon Lalonde) (pp)
Shots: Ottawa 9, Chicago 6
Ottawa Penalties: Puempel (goaltender interference), Cowick (slashing)
Third Period
10. Ottawa, Mika Zibanejad (Andre Petersson)
11. Chicago, Jimmy Hayes (Joe Lavin)
Shots: unknown (the broadcasters at Rogers did not list them)
Ottawa Penalties: Culek took a hooking penalty trying to prevent a goal

Player Performances
* I tracked scoring chances and they are included in brackets next to the player’s name
Stephane Da Costa (4) – he struggled in the first period, but was dominant afterward
Andre Petersson (6) – fantastic offensively
Mika Zibanejad (2) – he got burned on Chicago’s final goal, but was excellent otherwise
Corey Cowick (4) – played well, although he took another dumb penalty
Shane Prince (4) – had a ton of chances and played hard
Stefan Noesen (3) – wasn’t quite as good as the first game, but was the most physical forward
Matt Puempel (4) – plenty of opportunities, but no finish yet
Mark Stone (1) – played well
Derek Grant (1) – a step back from his strong performance in game one
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2) – the best of the fourth line, but didn’t accomplish much
Louie Caporusso (0) – did not stand out
Jakub Culek (0) – virtually invisible

David Rundblad – cut down on the turnovers and was the engine for the offence
Jared Cowen – a turnover lead to Chicago’s first goal, but overall he was very strong
Eric Gryba – played a simple, strong game
Mark Borowiecki – showed a bit more offensive flair
Patrick Wierioch – poor coverage lead to Chicago’s fourth goal, but made a few good plays
Jordan Fransoo – had a mix of good and bad moments

Matej Machovsky – not all the goals were his fault, but he has a long way to go

I expect Godfrey to return to the lineup and Fransoo to sit, while if Hamilton is healthy he should suit up and perhaps Culek will sit against Toronto (Kramer may also return to the lineup, in which case I could see Caporusso sitting).  Lehner will start.

Here’s Senshot‘s Tony Mendes take on the game:

Shane Prince‘s blog on the game:

Sens TV has interviews with scout Bob Lowes, Pierre Dorion, Kurt Kleinendorst, Mika Zibanejad, and Stephane Da Costa (


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